A-plus Schools for B Students

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A-plus Schools for B Students Methodology

If you're a good student with less than stellar test scores or a so-so GPA, these are the schools for you. These colleges, which have strong ratings in the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, accept a significant number of students with nonstratospheric transcripts.

U.S. News rank School Selectivity Fall 2012 acceptance rate SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

selective 51.3% 1050-1270
#68 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Purdue University—​West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

selective 61.3% 1060-1300
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​New Brunswick

Piscataway, NJ

selective 60.9% 1080-1310
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

more selective 49.5% 25-30
#73 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

selective 70.6% 23-28
#73 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

selective 78.4% 22-28 3
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Baylor University

Waco, TX

more selective 60.7% 24-29
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Clark University

Worcester, MA

selective 70.1% 1060-1280 2
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Indiana University—​Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

selective 74.4% 1050-1280
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

more selective 55.2% 24-29
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Miami University—​Oxford

Oxford, OH

more selective 72.8% 24-29
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. University of Delaware

Newark, DE

selective 56.6% 1100-1310
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Stony Brook University—​SUNY

Stony Brook, NY

more selective 40.1% 1130-1340
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

more selective 40.9% 25-30
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

selective 76.7% 1090-1290
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY

selective 50.7% 1100-1270
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

more selective 53.1% 22-30
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Colorado—​Boulder

Boulder, CO

selective 83.6% 24-29
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

more selective 77.2% 24-30
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

more selective 53.7% 25-29
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Denver

Denver, CO

more selective 67.6% 25-30
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Massachusetts—​Amherst

Amherst, MA

selective 62.6% 1090-1290
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

more selective 42.6% 1120-1320
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

selective 74.9% 1120-1320
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

selective 81.5% 23-28
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

selective 77.9% 990-1200

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